Work Area: Merger Control

FTC judge “dismayed” by number of Illumina/Grail objections

The administrative law judge at the Federal Trade Commission has told both sides in the agency’s trial to unwind the Illumina/Grail deal to stop objecting to each other’s expert witnesses and trial exhibits.

24 August 2021

Israel fines news website for hiding data in merger probe

Israeli news website Ynet has agreed to pay a fine for failing to disclose crucial information during the national antitrust enforcer’s probe into the now-abandoned Taboola/Outbrain merger.

23 August 2021

CMA recommends in-depth probe into Nvidia/Arm deal

Nvidia’s $40 billion purchase of Arm presents significant competition concerns and should be subject to an in-depth review, the UK’s competition enforcer has said.

20 August 2021

Illumina faces EU gun-jumping probe over Grail acquisition

The European Commission has opened a gun-jumping investigation into Illumina, two days after the biotechnology company completed its acquisition of Grail in the midst of the EU’s in-depth merger review.

20 August 2021

Illumina closes Grail deal without EU approval

Illumina has closed its €5.9 billion acquisition of Grail despite an ongoing EU Phase II probe, reiterating its claims that the European Commission has no jurisdiction to review the tie-up.

19 August 2021

Dutch tribunal rejects intervenors in PostNL/Sandd appeal

A Netherlands tribunal has held that a merger appeal is not the right forum for two companies to air their complaints that an already completed postal deal has induced the merged company to violate competition rules.

19 August 2021

South African enforcer seeks to reverse Burger King merger block

The Competition Commission of South Africa has backtracked from its controversial decision to block the acquisition of Burger King South Africa, asking the country’s specialist competition tribunal to instead approve the deal subject to multiple public interest commitments.

18 August 2021

Facebook/Giphy deal attracts more scrutiny in Europe

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has opened a Phase II review into Facebook’s €340 million acquisition of Giphy, less than a week after the UK’s antitrust watchdog threatened to unwind the deal.

18 August 2021

Malaysia set to accept failing firm defence in first-ever merger notification

Malaysia’s aviation regulator has proposed clearing Korean Air’s acquisition of Asiana Airlines after finding that the target should be considered a failing firm under the agency’s merger guidelines.

18 August 2021

Shapiro warns that updating merger guidelines would pose serious risks

A former chief economist at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said courts might reject changes to the US antitrust agencies’ horizontal merger guidelines if they are not done properly.

18 August 2021

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